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Wasco gears up for Memorial Day

WASCO – When volunteer organizers learned this year would be the 30th anniversary of the Memorial Day observance in Wasco, they decided to make it count — with a new logo, hats, shirts and a local calendar.

The festivities kick off again this year with the annual fire hall country breakfast at 7:30 a.m. After breakfast, there will be a fun run/walk, and parents will have a chance to relax while kids decorate garden stakes to plant seeds in the Wasco community garden. There will also be family activities and games throughout the day.

The veterans’ salute and memorial service starts at 10:30 a.m., followed by the annual parade and classic car show. There will be art and craft vendors peddling local goods, and a chalk art contest with grand prize sponsored by Gorge Wildcraft.

There will be a pastry auction, raffle and library book sale Monday, and food will be available from the Sugar Shack and Rod McGuire’s Paradise Rose Chuckwagon. Also planned are carnival games, wagon rides, a petting zoo and a raffle.

Also Monday, there will be a live auction for a signed, numbered, limited-edition print by Bonnie Swart called “The Dowager.”

Swart is a well-known American oil painter of thoroughbred and Arabian horses. She has shown in many galleries and select shows, including Oil Painters of America, Women Artists of the West and more. Collectors include Julie A. Wrigley, Jack Klugman and many others.

She is the sister of Ann Blount, who works for Dee Van Glider of Wasco. Bonnie’s husband, Carter Swart, is a published Western and mystery writer. His books will soon be available for checkout in the Wasco Community and City Library.

This print will be auctioned to the highest bidder Monday at the historic railroad depot in Wasco. The framed and matted 17-by-21-inch print of an Arabian mare and foal is currently on display at the Wasco Community and City Library, located in the historic Wasco Grade School building.

The city will have local memorabilia for sale, including hats, T-shirts and a calendar, called “Great Barns of Wasco, Oregon, and Beyond.” The 18-month calendar features a collection of local photos by longtime city volunteer Carol MacKenzie.

“I hope everyone enjoys these wonderful old barns, taking the photos was a fun project and I now know where everyone lives in the county,” she said.

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